Thursday 23 November 2017

The evergreen Jason Byrne takes goal record search to Cabinteely

The veteran started his domestic career at Bray with Devlin before going on to enjoy trophy laden stints at Shelbourne and Bohemians. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
The veteran started his domestic career at Bray with Devlin before going on to enjoy trophy laden stints at Shelbourne and Bohemians. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Jason Byrne will have one last crack at Brendan Bradley's League of Ireland goalscoring record by reuniting with his first League of Ireland manager Pat Devlin at Cabinteely.

Byrne turns 39 next month but he will play on for the 2017 season after linking up with Devlin's new project.

He joins after spending last year in the First Division with UCD where he struggled to play regularly and only managed to grab four goals to bring his career tally to 221 - 14 behind Bradley's magic number.

The veteran started his domestic career at Bray with Devlin before going on to enjoy trophy laden stints at Shelbourne and Bohemians. Robbie Keane's first cousin also had a stint away with Cardiff and played for Ireland under Brian Kerr.

"I am delighted to have signed Jason, I have known him all throughout his career and it is great to have him on board here," said Devlin.

"I think he still has a lot to offer and he is a great man to have in the dressing room especially in our squad of young players - they can learn a lot from him. I am looking forward to seeing him score a few goals for us now."

Cabinteely are paying players for the first time in order to become more competitive.

Meanwhile, Wexford Youths have continued to apply a business-as-usual policy despite speculation over their future by appointing a new first team coach.

Wexford are in trouble over debts arising from the liquidation of a company owned by Mick Wallace but club officials are planning for their return to the First Division.

They have announced Carl Grehan as new first team coach as support to rookie manager Damian Locke.

Cork City's preparations for the 2017 campaign have received a boost with Antrim-born winger Stephen Dooley penning a new deal after considering other options.

"Like a lot of our top players, there was a lot of interest shown in him, but they are all buying into what we are trying to do and where we are trying to go," said manager John Caulfield, who also has ex-Sligo Rovers man Pascal Millien in on trial.

Irish Independent

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